California, Here We Come


wish. I have always been a little bit in love with California, and our recent habit of mainlining The OC is not helping. I have been dreaming of California for months now. Years, really. So I have decided that it is going to be my next travel destination. I am hoping to have enough to go at the beginning of September, but we’ll see how that shakes down. Perhaps it will be a little bit later, but I am swearing a solemn oath, right here, right now, with all of you as my witnesses, that I am going to make it to California this year.

I want to see all of California, and will hopefully make it to the northern part of the state at some point, but, at the risk of sounding like a cliche, I’m heading down south first. And here is what I’m hoping I will get to do.

Newport Beach

  Did you miss that whole part about how I am completely obsessed with The OC? Just hearing the theme song makes me feel like I’m 16 again (hence the title of this post!). So there is no way that I could head down to SoCal without hitting up Newport. It would be a travesty.

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San Diego Zoo

  I know, I know, I’m not breaking any new ground here. Who doesn’t want to hit up the San Diego Zoo, which is supposed to be one of the greatest zoos ever? I have a soft spot for zoos. Bryan and I have even been to the crappy one in Edmonton more than once. Last year we went in April. All of the animals weren’t even out yet, and we still had a blast. Zoos are the bee’s knees. The cat’s pajamas. The leopard’s spots. Etc etc. 

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  Come ON, this is pretty much a given. Hopefully there will be some surfing involved. I have always wanted to try it, though I have a sneaking suspicion that I am not a natural (I possess the natural grace of a newborn foal).

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  Would you believe I’ve never been to Disneyland? I know. I KNOW. My parents obviously didn’t love me. I guess I’ll just have to love myself and haul ass to the most magical place on earth. I’m just kidding, I’m pretty sure my parents love me.

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Drive the PCH

  Pacific Coast Highway, yo. Purportedly the most beautiful drive in America. And it featured a lot in Veronica Mars, so obviously, I’m so there.

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Visit Farmers Market in LA

  I LOVE farmers markets. They are one of the greatest inventions. I could wander around even tiny ones for hours, just looking at stuff. So a big ass one in LA? Done and done. The only problem will be tearing me away.


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Creative Commons © 2008 Omar Bárcena (Flickr:


Have you guys ever been to California? What was your favorite thing to do? Do you have any suggestions for me?

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Jessica can most often be found with her nose in a book, or writing her newest short story/screenplay/novel, but she also has a passion for travel, child-care & development, psychology, feminism (and other forms of equality), and making the world a better place in general. Email Me